MONCTON (GNB) – A new middle school with a projected cost of $26.5 million will be built off Maplehurst Drive, between Teaberry Avenue and Windcrest Street, in Moncton.

“Your government understands that investing in education infrastructure is crucial,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “As we work to achieve the objectives in our 10-year education plans, it is important to have the proper infrastructure in place.”

Rogers spoke on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

The school will accommodate about 700 students in Grades 6 through 8, and is expected to address projected population growth in the area.

In addition to classrooms, the school will have music and art rooms, science labs, a performing arts room and black box theatre, gyms, a cafeteria, and spaces for staff and administration. A multi-sport field will be incorporated, as well.

Design work is underway and the school is expected to be open in the fall of 2019.

About $88 million will be invested in the province’s public schools in 2017-18.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.